Colonial America to 1763by Thomas L. Purvis, Richard Balkin
The book provides unparalleled coverage of the economy, politics, culture, society, art,
From the first European explorations of the Americas to the coming of age of American cities in the eighteenth century, this volume vividly portrays the realities of daily life for those who came to the New World in search of a better life and settled a vast continent.
The book provides unparalleled coverage of the economy, politics, culture, society, art, and other elements that defined colonial life. Brief sketches and extended essays on a wide range of topics are used as appropriate to place quantitative data into perspective.
Among the topics covered are:
The harsh weather extremes that tested the endurance of the earliest European settlers
The impact of the Europeans' arrival on Native American populations and cultures
Colonization and regional settlement patterns, including the first permanent English settlement in America founded at Jamestown in 1607
The Mayflower Compact of 1607 and the establishment of a legal basis for a civil society
The arrival of African Americans in AngloAmerica
Witchcraft in the 17th century, including the witchcraft craze in Salem Village
Prominent and representative Americans of the period, such as Pocahontas, John Smith, Edward Teach (Blackbeard), and Benjamin Franklin
Education and its value to AngloAmericans, including the founding
of Harvard in 1636
Publishing and literature, including the colonies' first imprint in Cambridge, Massachusetts in early 1639, the publication of "Poor Richard's Almanac," and Boston's recognition as the cradle of colonial journalism
The coming of age of American citiesBoston, NewYork, Philadelphia, Charles Town, and Newportby the 1750s.
A chronology of colonial American history through 1763 documents significant developments as well as events related to social customs, law, and the economy, such as the first American woman denied the right to vote (Martha Brent of Maryland in 1647), and the earliest antismoking legislation passed by Massachusetts Bay in 1646 (which forbade smoking in town as a fire hazard). To enhance readers' appreciation of this period, the text includes more than 100 illustrations and maps.
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